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Sports briefs: March 7

Skiing

Olympic hero Vonn captures third straight downhill crown

Lindsey Vonn won her third straight downhill title Saturday and tied Bode Miller for the most career World Cup victories by an American at 32.

She defeated Johanna Schnarf of Italy by a mere 0.01 seconds in her first race since the Vancouver Olympics, where she won gold in the downhill. Vonn finished the Nationale downhill course in 1 minute, 35.26 seconds.

Vonn clinched the Crystal Globe for the downhill title by increasing her lead to 189 points over Maria Riesch of Germany with just one race left. Marianne Abderhalden of Switzerland was third, 0.38 seconds behind. Vonn earned her sixth win in seven World Cup downhill races this season. She extended her lead in the overall World Cup standings to 197 points ahead of Riesch, who was sixth.

NBA

Pistons' Stuckey out of hospital

Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was "doing well" and was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon following his collapse on the bench Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. All tests done at the Cleveland Clinic came back normal, the team said. He was returning to Detroit and will undergo further tests.

Cavaliers: Cleveland coach Mike Brown kept superstar LeBron James out of Cleveland's game against Milwaukee on Saturday night, calling it "just a coach's decision." James had 40 points and 13 rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the Pistons on Friday night, but also tweaked his right ankle. Brown said he wants James to get some rest and his decision had "nothing" to do with the injury.

Bobcats 101, Warriors 90: D.J. Augustin scored 19 points off the bench, Gerald Wallace added 18 before getting ejected, and Charlotte Bobcats pulled away late to spoil Stephen Curry's return home on Saturday. Curry scored 25 points, but shot just 8 of 23 and the depleted Warriors faded in the fourth quarter in their fourth straight loss.

Nets 113, Knicks 93: Devin Harris scored 31 points and the New Jersey erased an early 16-point deficit, improving the NBA's worst record to 7-55.

NFL

Former Louisville star Rhodes to Cards

The New York Jets traded safety Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft and a seventh-rounder in 2011.

The Jets announced the deal Saturday.

On Friday, the Cardinals lost Pro Bowl safety Antrel Rolle, who signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.

Rhodes has four years left on his contract and was due $2 million roster bonus next week. Expected to be one of the standouts on coach Rex Ryan's defense last year, Rhodes struggled and even lost his starting job.

Patriots: Two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork has agreed to a long-term contract that will keep him with New England. The team put the franchise tag on Wilfork last month, keeping him from becoming a free agent and giving the sides more time to work out a contract

Falcons: Atlanta has signed free-agent cornerback Dunta Robinson, the Houston Texans' career interceptions leader, to a six-year, $57 million contract. It was reported Friday that the Falcons and Robinson had agreed to terms.

Packers: Green Bay re-signed veteran left tackle Chad Clifton on Saturday, wrapping up one of their major offseason concerns early in the NFL's free agent signing period. Clifton will now return to the left tackle spot he has occupied for most of his 10 seasons there.

NASCAR

Harvick dominates in latest Truck win

Kevin Harvick has won his third straight start in the NASCAR truck series, cruising to an easy victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He led 100 of 130 laps Saturday and pulled away to a 1.308-second victory over fellow Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch. Harvick, who has seven truck victories in his career, won his final two starts of 2009 and made it to Victory Lane again in his season debut.

Four-time and defending series champion Ron Hornaday, who started from the pole, was running third when a blown tire sent him slamming into the wall between turns three and four, causing severe damage to the rear deck of his truck.

Golf

Villegas still out front at Honda Classic

Camilo Villegas is the leader after three rounds of the Honda Classic, his total of 11-under 199 putting him three shots ahead of Nathan Green and Vijay Singh. Looking for his third PGA Tour win, Villegas shot 67 on Saturday. Green (67) and Singh (69) are at 8 under, while George McNeill (66) and Matt Every (69) were tied for fourth at 6 under. A controlled burn at a state park 14 miles away sent smoke and ash over the course Saturday. Play continued as scheduled, and no major issues were reported.

Toshiba Classic: Fred Couples moved into position for his second straight Champions Tour victory, shooting a 7-under 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Toshiba Classic.

Swimming

Phelps impressive in winning 200 IM

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps came within a half second of the U.S. record in the 200-yard individual medley on Saturday, winning in 1 minute, 40.58 seconds in the Maryland swimming championships at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Phelps had been scheduled to swim in two events Saturday, but chose to drop out of the 500 freestyle to concentrate on the 200 IM after swimming a 1:43.99 in his qualifying heat.

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte set the U.S. record of 1:40.08 in the 2007 Short Course Nationals, with Phelps finishing second in 1:41.32. Though he missed breaking Lochte's record, Phelps shaved over a second off his previous best time of 1:41.6, which he set in 2006.

colleges

Louisville baseball stays unbeaten

Freshman third baseman Cade Stallings hammered a walk-off, three-run homer to push the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team to a 6-5 win over Le Moyne in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.

With the win, the Cardinals remained unbeaten at 10-0 and continued the program's best start since 1957 (15-0). Louisville also extended its regular-season home winning streak at Jim Patterson Stadium to 12 games.

Wrestling: Campbellsville University's Tommy Pretty became the second national champion in the college's history when he captured the NAIA National Champion at 133 pounds, defeating fourth-ranked Myles Mazurkiewicz by major decision, 13-3 in Oklahoma City. Pretty, a sophomore from Cincinnati, is now a two-time All-American after finishing eighth last season. He won the 2008 Ohio Division I wrestling championship for Elder High School at 125 pounds.

The last word

This year's edition of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will feature a milestone as Newton Marshall, a 26-year-old resident of St. Anne Parish, will become the first Jamaican to participate in the 1,100-mile test.

"I hear the scenery is very lovely. You know, I'm all about that."

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